The ‘Covid Cocktail’: Inside a Pa. nursing home that gave some veterans hydroxychloroquine even without covid-19 testing (Washington Post)

Washington Post: The ‘Covid Cocktail’: Inside a Pa. nursing home that gave some veterans hydroxychloroquine even without covid-19 testing. “For more than two weeks in April, a drug regimen that included hydroxychloroquine was routinely dispensed at the struggling center, often for patients who had not been tested for covid-19 and for those who suffered from medical conditions known to raise the risk of dangerous side effects, interviews, emails and medical notes and records obtained by The Washington Post show. Though precise estimates vary, the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs said about 30 residents received the drug. Several nursing home staff members placed the number higher. The Chester County coroner, who reviewed the medical records for some of those who died, said at least 11 residents who had received the hydroxychloroquine treatment had not been tested for covid-19.”

163 veterans’ graves have been located in the Smokies. A new database is helping honor them (Knox News)

Knox News: 163 veterans’ graves have been located in the Smokies. A new database is helping honor them. “From the American Revolution to the Vietnam War, countless Tennesseans have sacrificed their lives for the United States. Some are remembered with extravagant headstones — others with small rocks marking their graves. But no matter what, Joe Emert told Knox News, ‘we just can never forget our veterans.’ Emert is an organizer for a project launched in January to discover and document veterans buried in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on both the Tennessee and North Carolina sides.”

University of Denver: Veterans Legacy Program Marches Forward With New Website

University of Denver: Veterans Legacy Program Marches Forward With New Website. “Since its inception in 2018, DU’s VLP has commemorated more than 70 veterans buried at Fort Logan in its ‘More Than a Headstone’ (MTAH) project. It’s a number that is sure to keep growing: A new grant will keep the program going for a third year and allow the VLP to expand its outreach. The newest component of the VLP is a website, featuring virtual and self-guided tours alongside a growing roster of biographies and photos. A soon-to-be-released mobile app will showcase the students’ work on yet another platform.”

Connecting Vets: ‘We’re not there yet’ with COVID-19 tests for staff, VA leaders tell Congress

Connecting Vets: ‘We’re not there yet’ with COVID-19 tests for staff, VA leaders tell Congress. “On May 28, Department of Veterans Affairs officials told House lawmakers VA had ‘adequate testing’ and employees could get tested, too. Less than a week later, VA leaders would say the opposite.”

“We Could Be Looking Into A Lot Of Trouble”: VA Nurses Fear Hospitals Won’t Be Ready For What Comes Next In The Coronavirus Pandemic (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News: “We Could Be Looking Into A Lot Of Trouble”: VA Nurses Fear Hospitals Won’t Be Ready For What Comes Next In The Coronavirus Pandemic. “[Yvonne] Evans, who also serves as a representative with the American Federation of Government Employees, said she believes she contracted the virus at work. But getting the department to take her illness seriously was a challenge, she said. After she started showing symptoms, she said, she was told to keep working for two days, possibly infecting even more people at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, where she helps run a surgical clinic. Now, as the VA begins to reintroduce some of its healthcare services that were suspended to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, Evans and other union officials are worried that the department is destined to face the same problems they’ve seen since the pandemic began.”

Washington Post: VA says it has ‘ratcheted down’ use of hydroxychloroquine to treat veterans

Washington Post: VA says it has ‘ratcheted down’ use of hydroxychloroquine to treat veterans. “The Department of Veterans Affairs has drastically scaled back the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat veterans with coronavirus infections after a major study raised questions about its efficacy and linked it to serious side effects, including higher risks of death. Testifying before the House Appropriations subcommittee on military construction, Veterans Affairs and related agencies, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie defended the continued use of the unproven drug but said it was used just three times last week.”

Edinburgh News: World War veterans and relatives invited to share stories for Military Museum Scotland project

Edinburgh News: World War veterans and relatives invited to share stories for Military Museum Scotland project . “Veterans of both world wars and their families are invited to share their stories with the Military Museum Scotland for a new project. ‘Boots on the Ground’ will record video interviews for a DVD to teach children about first-hand accounts of the wars in schools around the UK.”

New York Times: They Survived the Worst Battles of World War II. And Died of the Virus.

New York Times: They Survived the Worst Battles of World War II. And Died of the Virus.. “The question of what went wrong at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home will be with Massachusetts for a long time. With scarce protective gear and a shortage of staff, the facility’s administrators combined wards of infected and uninfected men, and the virus spread quickly through a fragile population. Of the 210 veterans who were living in the facility in late March, 89 are now dead, 74 having tested positive for the virus. Almost three-quarters of the veterans inside were infected. It is one of the highest death tolls of any end-of-life facility in the country.”

‘Hard stop’: States could lose National Guard virus workers (Politico)

Politico: ‘Hard stop’: States could lose National Guard virus workers. “More than 40,000 National Guard members currently helping states test residents for the coronavirus and trace the spread of infections will face a ‘hard stop’ on their deployments on June 24 — just one day shy of many members becoming eligible for key federal benefits, according to a senior FEMA official.”

ProPublica: Superintendent Bragged About VA Review of Short-Staffed Soldiers Home. Two Months Later, 73 Veterans Are Dead.

ProPublica: Superintendent Bragged About VA Review of Short-Staffed Soldiers Home. Two Months Later, 73 Veterans Are Dead.. “State-run veterans homes, which have suffered enormously in the pandemic, fall between the regulatory cracks. The VA disclaims responsibility for them, and its inspections have overlooked issues later identified by other investigators.”

New Haven Register: Veterans group continues legal battle over discharge records

New Haven Register: Veterans group continues legal battle over discharge records. “A veterans group is continuing to sue the Pentagon over access to military discharge records despite a federal judge’s recent dismissal of the case. The National Veterans Legal Services Program said Tuesday that it filed its intent to bring the case to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The group represents former service members who want to upgrade a less-than-honorable discharge. Such a status can sometimes result in a loss of veterans benefits.”

Task & Purpose: Here are all the financial resources for troops and veterans hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic

Task & Purpose: Here are all the financial resources for troops and veterans hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. “As the public health crisis posed by COVID-19 worsens, many Americans across the country are experiencing significant financial shock. Servicemembers, veterans, and military families are no exception. Although veterans will continue to receive their benefits and active-duty servicemembers will continue to receive their pay, some military personnel and their families are facing financial strain due to lost employment or changes in military orders. If you need financial assistance as a result of the pandemic, there is help.”

VAntage Blog: Veterans can search free resources through Code of Support’s PATRIOTlink

VAntage Blog: Veterans can search free resources through Code of Support’s PATRIOTlink. “Code of Support’s PATRIOTlink® platform is a free online resource database that includes thousands of programs tailored to the military and Veteran community. Through PATRIOTlink, users can search vetted, direct, cost-free services specific to their needs. PATRIOTlink was recently redesigned to make it even easier to use. Now, users can complete searches by entering less information and they can view events and job opportunities in their area through a news feed feature.”

State Archives of Florida: Florida Militia Muster Rolls, 1826-1900

State Archives of Florida: Florida Militia Muster Rolls, 1826-1900. This link goes to a Facebook Page post. “Muster rolls are rosters of officers and men in military units and can be useful for tracing relatives who do not appear in other traditional genealogical sources, such as federal or state census records. Florida Memory recently digitized about 600 documents from Florida militia companies dating from 1826 to 1900.”